Park Fit | A furniture set to suit the aesthetic of a park

SAVE Park Fit | A furniture set to suit the aesthetic of a park

Last Submission Date: December 14, 2021

Last Registration Date: December 13, 2021

Language: English

Country: Sydney, Australia

Prizes: 24,000$

Type: Open Competition

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About Competition

The brief for the competition “Park Fit” is to redesign park furniture to create a new identity for the public place.

Parks may be popular public spots but their spatial design may remain unexplored in following regular and conventional design norms.

The design aims to improve the park infrastructure through smart interventions. It attracts huge populations and services must accommodate all types of users. Privacy and interaction spots can be spread over the layout to suit needs. The careful articulation of space through the customized design of the furniture can be refreshing and intriguing. The park must remain animated (active) during day and night time too.

Safety, security, and comfort must be achieved in all elements and forms. Park furniture can be inspired by its contextual history and represent the city culture and its people through meaningful design inputs. The existing infrastructure and natural setting are to be taken into consideration while proposing the new elements/additions.

OBJECTIVES

The objective is to create a tangible link between urban and elemental. The furniture pieces created, can be chosen from a broad category of street furniture categories described in the following sections. These can be chosen by the preferences of the designer or its affinity/use/compatibility to the park and the city.

Participants have to design any 4 different furniture pieces in the following typology. They can be combinable, but they should be useful/meaningful in isolation as well. The size of any furniture piece must not exceed 20 sq.m (in area).

One working piece of furniture that fits more than a single typology will be placed in the H. Hybrid category.

Typology A is mandatory, and the other 3 can be chosen separately. 

  • Life: Table, Benches, Seating, etc.
  • Lights: Park lights, etc
  • Utility: Water supply and treatment systems, Solar power, etc.
  • Waste Management: Dustbins, Litter bins, Trash cans, etc.
  • Landscape: Fountain, Planters, Flower beds, etc.
  • Transportation: Pedestrian path, Cycle tracks, Bicycle sheds, etc.
  • Play: Slides, Playing setups, Swings, Fitness, etc.
  • Others/ Hybrid/ Park specific: A combination of the above furniture specific to the park.

You can pick anyone or multiple of these furniture typologies and develop a design based on the brief. The key qualities expected in the furniture pieces are Innovation, accessibility, robustness, fun, durability, and efficiency.

There is no additional merit associated with the kind of choice of the categories. You can use hybrid categories that may solve crucial spots of the park and at the same time define its image at large.

For more information visit the competition WEBSITE.

Requirements / Eligibility

The competitions are open for students and professionals from all the disciplines of design.
This is a design idea challenge only. There is no built commission/realization associated with the problem.

Submission / Key Dates

Registration Deadline: December 13, 2021
Submission Deadline: December 14, 2021
Winner Announcement: February 10, 2022

About the Organizer

Unfuse serves as a unit for Uni in the field of Architecture. It intends to break the fusion of traditional design barriers and methodologies by making it a platform for experimentation and conceptual exchange of ideas in architecture, urbanism, society, culture, and ecology. It is a research initiative dedicated to providing opportunities for designers from all domains to explore ideas that go beyond the boundaries of architectural discipline and enrich our built environment; thereby opening up possibilities for the promotion of architectural thought at a global level.

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